New research done by Surfshark, a cybersecurity business, has placed Nigeria at 82nd place out of 110 countries in the world’s Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) for 2021, according to the study.
A total of 90 percent of the global population is assessed in the DQL survey, which is based on a set of five essential digital wellness pillars: affordability and quality of internet access, e-infrastructure, security, and government access to information and services.
Despite a one-point dip in the DQL Index 2021, Nigeria remains the greatest country in Western Africa, according to the DQL Index 2021.
The study shows that
“Nigeria lags with internet affordability (ranks 107th), e-government (95th), and e-infrastructure (90th), but shows similar to the global average results in internet quality (56th) and e-security (46th).
“Despite the slight fall in the leaderboard, the country comes first in Western Africa and shows slightly better results in some pillars than the global average. Its e-security is among the TOP 50 worldwide, surpassing Africa’s DQL leader South Africa.”
Nigeria was placed 56th in the world in terms of internet quality, according to the survey, due to slow internet speeds. Compared to other countries, Nigeria has one of the slowest broadband connection speeds in the world (13.45 Mbps), ranking 105th, and a somewhat quicker mobile internet speed (17.91 Mbps), placing it in the top 96th. However, the country’s internet speed growth is one of the quickest on the planet, with the country placing 16th in terms of speed growth.
According to the findings of the study, internet affordability in Nigeria is 90 percent worse than the global average. When it comes to earning enough money to buy inexpensive broadband internet, Nigerians must work the longest hours in the world (more than 35 hours). The country’s e-government system likewise does not rank among the top 90, falling behind Senegal, Morocco, and Tanzania in the rankings.
Vytautas Kaziukonis, CEO of Surfshark said,
“Digital opportunities have proved to be more important than ever during the COVID-19 crisis, stressing the importance for every country to ensure fully remote operational capacities for their economies. That is why, for the third year in a row, we continue the Digital Quality of Life research, which provides a robust global outlook into how countries excel digitally. The index sets the basis for meaningful discussions about how digital advancement impacts a country’s prosperity and where improvements can be made.”
Other findings from the report
According to the survey, Nigeria was ranked 56th in the world in terms of internet quality, primarily due to the country’s poor internet speeds. In comparison to other countries, Nigeria has one of the slowest broadband connection speeds in the world (13.45 Mbps), ranking 105th, and a somewhat faster mobile internet speed (17.91 Mbps), ranking 96th. The country’s internet speed growth, on the other hand, is among the fastest on the planet, with the country ranking 16th in terms of growth in internet speed.
A recent study found that internet affordability in Nigeria is 90 percent worse than the global average, according to the conclusions of the study. When it comes to earning enough money to purchase low-cost broadband internet, Nigerians must work the longest hours in the world, according to the International Labor Organization (more than 35 hours). Also failing to make the top 90 is the country’s electronic government system, which trails behind countries such as Senegal, Morocco, and Tanzania in the rankings. most.